People say science is objective and art is subjective. I disagree. Science is about connecting with the beauty of the universe, which is a subjective experience that includes awe and wonder; and art is about connecting with the beauty (and horror, etc.) of our experience of the universe, which only really gels when we have shared it with other people, hence the requirement for communication and emotional connection. From what I understand, the requirement to communicate in order to facilitate our own understanding is a function of how our minds work. In fact, science has always included the study of how we think, feel, and make emotional connections. Art and science are fields of study; as humans, however, we don't separate into artists and scientists. Most artists and scientists I know are interested in both fields. We're all philosophers of a sort, just trying to understand who we are, what we are doing here, and how to make it matter.
People generally think that science is about finding answers and art is about expression. There's more to it though. Having worked in both fields, it's something I have thought about.
Both are fueled by the drive to know and to create.
Both share the goal of understanding the world by conceiving models of it.
Both create complex, nuanced models to define concepts, though the models are qualitatively different.
The models in art are intangible and implicit.
The models in science are defined and explicit.
Both use intuition and logic to test the robustness of the models.
Both want to question, both want answers, and both invite interpretation.
Art tests concepts through subjective experimentation.
Science tests concepts through objective experimentation.
Art suggests answers, but the emphasis is on leaving the questions open.
Science leaves the questions open, but the emphasis in on finding answers.
They differ in the modes of expression (artistic media vs. data) because each needs to use the language best suited to the models they've built and the tools needed to test them.
So what is SciArt?
There is no consensus definition yet, but here are some options worth thinking about. Using artistic tools to do science? (eg. sonifying data) Using scientific tools to do art? (eg. GF bunny) What are the questions? Are they qualitatively different from either art or science? Maybe more about ethics? Are they a blend of both subjective and objective understanding of the world? Is the emphasis equally on questions and answers? Are the models nebulous or defined? implicit or explicit?